Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit at the age of 18, Damien Echols' story inspired Lorri Davis to write him a letter. Over the course of their 16-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry while he was still in prison.
Friday, April 25, 2014
"Brevity is the soul of wit" is an adage lost on many an opinionator, but not on Felicia Nimue Ackerman, who's among the most published letters-to-the-editor writers in the country. Since 1987, more than 200 of her letters have been printed in the New York Times alone. Bob talks to Ackerman as well as Tom Feyer, letters editor for the Times, about the art of the epistolary retort.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Happy day-after-Thanksgiving from The Takeaway!
Today, we’re doing things a little differently. Your comments on our stories come pouring in every day, and often times you have stories of your own. So today we hear from you—and only you. The Takeaway producers have worked for over a month to curate ...
Friday, September 13, 2013
This week, The Huffington Post ended anonymous comments on its website in the hopes of engendering more civil discussions. Bob reflects on OTM's own issues with anonymous commenters, and speaks with Arianna Huffington about her site's new requirement to name names.
Friday, August 23, 2013
By Brian Wise
As Leonard Bernstein would have turned 95 on Sunday, a look at a forthcoming collection of his letters.
Friday, February 22, 2013
As part of our ongoing series on the value of letter-writing, we asked you to tell us about letters that have brought bad news — and whether those letters changed your life.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Listeners have been calling, emailing and texting us with stories about their most cherished letters -- missives from parents, grandparents, lovers and friends that have changed your lives. Letters don't just detail personal lives; they chronicle history too. Nowhere is that more evident than in the thousand-some letters exchanged between John Adams and his wife Abigail. Margaret Hogan, Managing Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Coeditor of "My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams" shares some of the highlights of their exchange on this President's Day.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
By Lulu Miller
Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
As more of us rely on email, texting, and Skype to communicate, the art of letter writing has gradually been coming to an end. But with the death of letters, are we losing something else as well? It’s a question that Martha Tuck Rozett has seriously considered. Martha is an English professor at the University of Albany and author of "When People Wrote Letters: A Family Chronicle."
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
What's the value of a letter? According to researcher Joshua Lewis, the old Scrabble scoring system no longer accurately reflects a letter's worth. And while the addition of short words and regional words have resulted in a skewed point distribution, Scrabble traditionalists believe the proposed scoring system change would be catastrophic to the game. John Chew is the co-president of the North American Scrabble Association.
Friday, November 23, 2012
When Mary DeChillo heard the voice of veteran Michael Scotti reading a letter he had written to his family while on duty in Iraq, it evoked the memory of a student she had named Phil Lippens who came back from the war with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
"I can talk for an hour without notes, but for 15 minutes, I have to read it. I shall look up occasionally to give an air of spontaneity." Thus, Gore Vidal begins one of his customarily suave and witty speeches, this one delivered at a Books and Authors Luncheon held on November 30, 1964.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
If you could go back and say something to someone in your past — an ex, an old boss, a deceased loved one — what do you wish you could tell them? That question is the basis of a new book. It's called "The Things You Would Have Said" and it compiles moving reflections from people of all walks of life on the times when the didn't speak their mind — but wish they had. Jackie Hooper is a life-coach and author of "The Things You Would Have Said."